Category: Events

Rand Show 2017

Rand Show - Danone

The last time Shawn and I went to the Rand Show was in 2004. It was a few months after we got married, and a few years before we had a Zee of our own. This year we decided to take our little person to the show.

There’s actually so much for kids to do there, and Zee had a great time. And so did we. πŸ™‚

Science and Technology 

We ended up spending quite a bit of time in the Science and Tech hall. Zee had lots of fun with the other little people at the Nutty Scientists stand. They sat listening to Professor Fun, screaming loudly when she asked them to, and eagerly volunteering to be part of the fun experiments. Then they’d run to their tables with the other professors, to try the experiments in smaller groups. 

Inside The Colours Of The Stars dome, everyone lies on their backs, to watch a projection show about the stars. Zee said “it was so cool!”

Rand Show - Science

Rand Show - Science

Rand Show - Science

Rand Show - Science

Danone Frozen Bar

The Danone Frozen Bar was a huge hit with the kids – I say this, because of the excited giggles and shrieks, which made it hard for adults to hear themselves think.. haha!

There’s a huge snow globe, a snow slope, a snow patch, an ice castle, and sparkly fro-yo… the giggles and shrieks were inevitable. 

An SABC TV crew also arrived in there a few minutes after we did, and one of the ladies asked if they could interview Zee about Danone Frozen Bar. She was happy to do it. So look out world… a celebrity is born! πŸ˜€

Rand Show - Danone

Rand Show - Danone

Rand Show - Baking


Shawn – with Zee as assistant, and me as cheerleader – made a really cool decoupage tray during a class by Tersia at Bee Artsy. He asked me to choose the colour and pattern, so of course it’s minimalistic with a Paris touch, because that’s how I roll. 

Rand Show - DIY tray

Rand Show - Tray

The Filthy Moustache

Before we could do anything else, we had to feed our bellies. We ended up at the food truck which had grabbed my attention on our way in that morning, because of its name – The Filthy Moustache!

And man were we happy with our choice! Their food (even though it may not look fabulous in my pic) is so YUMMY!! We tried the Manometer burger, and a hot dog, and neither disappointed. 

I don’t know if I should say it… alright, I’m going to… the Manometer is one of THE best burgers I’ve eaten! Shawn says it took him back to an outstanding burger we ate in Germany a few years ago (can you tell, from the fond food memories, that we love good food? πŸ˜‹), and I agree. 

Rand Show - Food truck

Rand Show - burger & hot dog

The Rand Show makes for a great day out with the family. It ends on Sunday evening (23 April), which means you can still catch it if you haven’t yet. 

The Great Moscow Circus – Courage, Skill… and Kindness

Great Moscow Circus - Brazil crew

A few days ago, Husband, Zee, and I went to The Great Moscow Circus at Montecasino. We’ve all been seeing the promotional ads for months now, and it looked good, but the actual thing blew us away! The Great Moscow Circus is two hours of pure talent, skill, strength, daring (with a tiny bit of crazy, I’m pretty sure), humor, and wonder. It is a spectacular show, and it SHOULD NOT BE MISSED!… Sorry, I don’t mean to shout, but it’s just that good! I feel like it would be a public disservice if I didn’t rave about it and urge you to go see for yourselves. πŸ˜€

And did I mention The Great Moscow Circus is a kind circus? What this means is that there are no animals in the show, only incredibly talented humans.   ❀️

The show is brilliant, from start to finish, kicking off with an incredible, high flying trampoline act by the American and Canadian crew, which I thought would be hard to top… but each act that followed was equally amazing! The Australian guy below even rocked out on an electric guitar whilst balancing on ALL of that!

Great Moscow Circus - balance

The Brazilian daredevils though, were unquestionably our favourites (and everyone else’s too, judging by the roar of the crowd during both their performances)!

At one point, two of the guys jumped onto the outside of their rings! And then, they were blindfolded… OMG!

Great Moscow Circus - Brazil crew

Great Moscow Circus - Brazil crew

The grand finale saw the guys from Brazil perform again… this time in a very Death Star looking globe. I’ve never seen more than two riders in a globe, and these guys went all the way up to FIVE!!… And then, the globe opened!!! Breathtaking!

Great Moscow Circus - Globe

The Great Moscow Circus is at Montecasino until 27 January. If you find tickets available onΒ ComputicketΒ (there aren’t many left), do yourself a favour and book them immediately.

And if you’re in other parts of SA, the good news is they’re heading to Cape Town, Bloemfontein, PE, and ending off at Suncoast in Durban. Tickets range from R150 to R595, and there are discounts on the R495 and R595 tickets when you use your Tsogo Sun or Edgars card.

It is so worth it. In the words of charismatic ringmaster Stas, “the circus is the sincerest form of art. It’s right in front of you, nowhere to hide, no do-overs.”

** Update: Due to popular demand, The Great Moscow Circus returns to Johannesburg, for performances at Carnival City, from 31 March to 9 April. **

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